BOISE -- For the first time ever, the Boise VA Medical Center and YMCA are hosting a running clinic for veterans with amputations.
The clinic is helping veterans stay healthy and active.
Many of the people we spoke with say it's been a struggle to exercise. Some of them have waited years just to take a jog.
"We backed off 20 feet or so and that's when an improvised explosive was set off under out tank, just directly underneath, they said it was equivalent to almost a 500-pound bomb," said Chad Brumpton.
Chad Brumpton is a veteran who lost his legs while serving in Iraq in 2006. He's being coached on how to run with prosthetic legs at this clinic.
"Well, I haven't run in seven years so this was my first opportunity where my prosthetics were fitting right," said Brumpton.
Kelly Odell, who's working with the veterans, says it's especially important for vets to get back in shape after they've lost a limb.
"There are so many secondary health issues that come along with loss of limb - meaning cardiovascular disease, obesity, loss of motivation, psychological depression," said Odell.
The two-day clinic also assists vets with recommendations for the right prosthetic, running techniques, and how to develop healthy personal goals. Odell says besides helping these vets maintain their physical health, there's also a psychological aspect.
"People redeveloping their confidence and motivation to go snow skiing, to ride their bike, to run without worrying about getting hurt, or that they're being observed by the public," said Odell.
Brumpton says the program is a great opportunity to visit with other amputees. It's helping him learn how to do things he did before his injuries. Things like running long distance.
“So this is the longest I've run in seven years, so I’m pretty excited,” said Brumpton.
A spokesperson for the VA says today's program is part of an effort to promote and teach healthy living activities to vets, especially to those who've lost limbs.
About 12 veterans from all over southern Idaho made it out to the clinic Friday. The free clinic will also be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.